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Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre | Average Guy Movie Review

When a dangerous weapon is stolen by gangsters, the British Government hire a team of private contractors - led by Nathan Jasmine (Cary Elwes) and Orson Fortune (Jason Statham) - to acquire it. Their plan; get close to the broker responsible for organising the sale of the weapon (Hugh Grant), using a Hollywood actor (Josh Hartnett) with whom the broker has an obsession. I'm starting to think Guy Ritchie wasn't too happy about not getting to make a sequel to The Man from U.N.C.L.E.  (I know I wasn't). That's the feeling I get when watching Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre  (what a title!). It's like he decided that instead he would do his own take on James Bond and Mission: Impossible . Unfortunately, after a fun opening involving the recruitment of Elwes and Statham, it becomes inescapably clear that the movie suffers from a lack of Ritchie's signature flair - not to mention pretty much everything that made The Man from U.N.C.L.E. so cool. Making Operation For

The Gentlemen | Average Guy Movie Review

Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) has built a multi-million pound cannabis empire, and used it to ingratiate his way into British high society. But with legalisation on the horizon, Mickey's looking to sell up and retire, spend some time with the wife. The problem is word of Mickey's plans have got out, and the vultures are circling. Can the gentleman drug dealer keep his empire intact long enough to find a buyer? Guy Ritchie returns to the genre that made him with a movie that puts a hilarious - and not entirely unbelievable - spin on the British upper class. Told mostly through flashback, and from the point of view of Fletcher, a sleazy private investigator played by Hugh Grant in a show stealing performance. Very different from the type of character we're used to seeing Grant play, Fletcher is by far the best thing about The Gentlemen. Something of an unreliable narrator - he is prone to flashes of "artistic license" - his attempts to liven up t